What's Your Story?: A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction

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Discusses how to write fiction, exploring point of view, dialogue, endings, and revision.

Discusses how to write fiction, exploring such aspects as character, plot, point of view, dialogue, endings, and revising.

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Discusses how to write fiction, exploring point of view, dialogue, endings, and revision.

Discusses how to write fiction, exploring such aspects as character, plot, point of view, dialogue, endings, and revising.

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"Provides mentoring and practical advice in this handy how to book . . . as useful to teachers as to young writers." School Library Journal, Starred
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bauer offers a pragmatic, organized approach to story writing in this 118-page manual geared for older children and young adults. Concrete, step-by-step tips are effectively illustrated with examples taken from the author's own works-- Face to Face , A Dream of Queens and Castles , Rain of Fire . Eight of the 14 chapters deal with preparatory rituals--finding a special time and place to write, inventing a conflict, understanding what makes a main character tick, figuring out a plot, choosing a point of view--and later chapters address more technical issues of pacing, rhythm and balance. Although the importance of discipline is stressed (learning to write a story is often compared to learning to play a sport or a musical instrument), the exercises and thought processes introduced as groundwork come across as stimulating rather than tedious and may serve to hone analytical skills as well as inspire even the most reluctant writers to try their hand. Ages 10-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-- Newbery Honor medalist Bauer provides mentoring and practical and technical advice in this handy how-to book. By systematically exploring the components of fiction--plot, character, point of view, dialogue, beginnings and endings, and story tension, she shows how a story works and how to create one. Each chapter builds upon the previous one, reiterating essential points and putting them in understandable context. The clear and logical tone and evident respect for her audience speak to Bauer's sensitivity and empathy with those grappling with the creative process. As a result, this honest guide will be as useful to teachers as to young writers. For an audience midway between Carol Lea Benjamin's Writing for Kids (Crowell, 1985) and Stephen Policoff and Jeffrey Skinner's excellent Real Toads in Imaginary Gardens (Chicago Review Pr., 1991), this is a splendid choice for school, public, and home libraries. --Susan H. Patron, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395577806
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 800,033
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

MARION DANE BAUER has written more than 80 children's books, including picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, and novels. She won a Newbery Honor for On My Honor , a middle grade coming-of-age story. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit her website at www.mariondanebauer.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
1. The First Step ... A Story Plan 1
2. Choosing Your Best Idea 8
3. Character ... The Key to Good Stories 17
4. Bringing Characters to Life 28
5. Focusing Your Story 37
6. Getting from Beginning to End ... The Plot 46
7. Choosing Your Point of View 57
8. At Last ... The Beginning 68
9. Something to Talk About ... Dialogue 78
10. Story Tension ... Keeping Your Readers Hooked 87
11. Endings ... Expected and Surprising 95
12. Just When You Thought You Were Done ... Revising 102
13. The Final Step ... Polishing 111
14. A Career as a Fiction Writer 118
An Afterword ... On Using This Book 127
Index 131
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2004

    great book

    I read this book and thought it was great, it gives great advice for young aspiring writers. If you want to be a writer this book is a must-read.

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